Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Puzzle of Christian Conservatives

We've seen that the Republican vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, has claimed that the writings  of Ayn Rand were his greatest source of inspiration in becoming a politician.  We have also seen that Anton LeVay, founder of the Church of Satan, considers Ayn Rand's philosophy to be Satanism without the ceremonies and rituals.   And one can see why he would think that.  Her philosophy explicitly states that selfishness and greed are the highest virtues.  Helping the poor is considered a weakness.

One would think that realizing that Paul Ryan's source of inspiration is also highly admired by the founder of the Church of Satan would give any Christian pause before voting for the Republican ticket. And yet, I doubt that knowing about the Ryan-Rand-LeVay connection would have much impact on Christian conservatives. I expect they will still vote Republican. And it puzzles me.

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